- The Ijaw National Congress, Akure chapter has accused men of Nigerian army of burning houses and causing humanitarian crises in Ajapa, Ondo state
- The group says bombing and burning houses in the community is a slap on UN Declaration of Human Rights
- The men of Nigerian army are allegedly searching for gang members of the slain notorious kidnapper, Ossy Ibori
The Ijaw National Congress, Akure chapter, has accused men of Nigerian army of burning houses and causing humanitarian crises in Ondo state in their quest to flush out and apprehend boys of notorious kidnapper and militant, Ossy Ibori, who was recently killed in the state, NAIJ.com reports.
In a statement signed by Akoje Topic Pere, the publicity secretary of the group, the action of men of Nigerian army under the code name "Operation Safe Delta" is an outright violation of military rules of engagement as outlined by the United Nations.
In his statement entitled 'Bombing, Continuous Occupation of Ajapa Community by JTF: Slap on UN Declaration of Human Rights' made available to NAIJ.com, Topic insists that humanitarian crisis already in the region is as a result of the burning of houses and continuous presence of the JTF in the area
His statement read: "The Ijaw National Congress, Akure Chapter is constrained to write on the avoidable and unprovoked incident which led to the death of several persons, burning of a number of houses and the continuous occupation of Ajapa community, an ancient town in Arogbo Kingdom, Ese-Odo Local Government, Ondo State by men of the Nigerian Army, under the code name "Operation Safe Delta."
"While we sympathize with the military and other security agencies on the the death of their personnel in the very unfortunate crisis, we wish to state for the record that the indiscriminate burning of houses at Ajapa under the guise of searching for boys of Ossy Ibori, leader of an alleged criminal gang who was eventually killed during gun duel with the military was an outright violation of military rules of engagement as outlined by the United Nations."
Going further, while calling on people of the area to retrace their steps and shun violence and other illegal acts, the group claimed that many who have been displaced as a result of the actions of the army are now trapped in forests with no access to aid.
"Information reaching us from Ajapa indicates that there is humanitarian crisis already as a result of the burning of houses and continuous presence of the JTF in the area. In view of the foregoing, Children, women, the aged and even the sick are being trapped in the forest without aid.
"While calling on President Mohammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army staff for the immediate withdrawal of the JTF at Ajapa and its environs, we implore the chairman, Ese-Odo Local Government and the Ondo State government to intervene by sending relief materials to victims of the crisis without further delay.
"Finally, as a people, the time to retrace our steps to the the good old days is now! A period in our kingdom when boys misbehaved, the whole community would rise against such erring son of the soil; a period when parents would report inactions of their wards to either law enforcement agents or community leaders for disciplinary action is now," the group said.
Recall that NAIJ.com recently reported that Ossy Ibori, leader of a militant group was shot dead by Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE at Ajakpa, Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state.
The militant, known by the name Ossy was killed at about 3 am on Monday May 1 at Ajakpa area of Ondo state by soldiers during an attack on troops location around Ajakpa community in the creeks of Southern Ondo state.
However, NAIJ.com's efforts to get a reaction from the army was not successful as at the time of filing this report.
In the video below by NAIJ.com, a 63-year old woman laments losing son to cultists.
Watch the video: